School of Physical Sciences

SPS Celebrates Day of Photonics 2016


Posted on 4th November 2016

On the 21st of October 2016, the University of Kent joined the international community to celebrate the “Day of Photonics”. The Day of Photonics is a biennial event that promotes “photonics” towards the general public, and commemorates the adoption of the current value of the speed of light (299,792.458 km/s) at the General Conference of Weights and Measures on the 21st of October 1983. Photonics is the science and technology of light, and involves applications such as lasers, fibre optics, smartphones, solar cells and the latest medical diagnostics tools.

The School of Physical Sciences’ Applied Optics Group (AOG), the Optical Society (OSA) Student Chapter and the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) set up several eye catching experiments in the foyer of the Ingram building which drew the attention of students and academics alike. These experiments covered all kinds of different optical phenomena, ranging from diffraction over refractive index matching to optical fibre communication. There were also tours of the AOG laboratories, which provided an overview of the labs and the Group’s research activities.

At the end of the day, the event attracted many undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Physical Sciences and the School of Biosciences. Some of them have been given a tour of the Photonics Centre facilities, to see the research carried out at the AOG, mostly in the area of Optical Coherence Tomography, an imaging modality capable of acquiring volumetric information in a contactless manner.

The following individuals contributed to the success of the event; Prof. Adrian Podoleanu (AOG, OSA), Dr. George Dobre (AOG), Prof. Emeritus David Jackson (AOG), Dr. Ramona Cernat (AOG), Manuel Marques (AOG, OSA), Samuel Edeagu (EDA, OSA), Magalie Bondu (AOG, OSA), Sophie Caujolle (AOG, OSA), Mike Everson (AOG, OSA), Yong Hu (AOG), Felix Fleischhauer (AOG, OSA), Dr. Victoria Mason (SPS) & Cordelia Scott (SPS).

For more information about the event:


Photonics Team

School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 03/11/2016